I am a big coffee drinker but even I know the many benefits of tea is probably better for me. That's why I try to drink tea as often as possible. A friend of mine had turned me onto loose tea years ago but I always found it too tedious. I decided to give it another try and I'm very glad I did. I'm even contemplating throwing a little "tea tasting" party inspired by this Etsy posting.
Early last month I popped into the Clipper Ship Tea Company, a charming tea shop in Northport Village, and was instantly smitten. The walls of shiny metal canisters filled with loose teas of all varieties is just so inviting. Since it was the first weekend of December, there were quite a few wintry/holiday blends to sample. Gingerbread Roobios stole my heart. It was a little spicy, crisp and caffeine free - perfect for ending a busy day. I scooped up a small pouch ($5 for ten cups worth) and a simple tea ball to get started.